Review: Kanan – The Last Padawan #5

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Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colors: David Curiel
Cover: Mark Brooks
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Caleb Dume is dead, and the story of Kanan Jarrus finally begins.  The former padawan has been captured by his former Clonetroopers and is going to be executed as a traitor to the Empire.

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Kanan – The Last Padawan #5

The former Republic Clonetroopers, now turned Imperial troopers have finally caught up to Caleb.  His life could end any second.  Even he seems shocked that he is still alive at this point.  It seems the clones, Styles and Grey, have taken different approaches to their new duties and masters.  One sees this as a personal vendetta against the boy while the other sees it as simply following orders.  I did have to read through it several times to keep track of which clone was which.  I’ve never been very good at telling the clones apart, they all look alike to me.

Instead of begging and pleading for his life from the clones, he stands up to them and confronts them about their orders and their actions after Order 66.  This issue raises even more questions about the nature of Order 66.  One of the clones describes it like he was no longer in control of his body.  While nothing from the Clone Wars episodes is directly brought up, it does fit in with the way Order 66 and the clone’s programming is described in those episodes.  This is something that we fans will continue to discuss for a long time.

Whether it’s dumb luck or the will of the Force, Caleb is still alive and manages to stave off his execution for a little longer by sending himself out into space without a space suit.  For a few brief moments, we see the great Jedi Knight that Caleb could have become had things in the galaxy played out differently.  Ironically, it’s only when he has completely abandoned himself from the Jedi way does he seem to become the most Jedi like.

After a daring escape and rescue, Caleb has been reunited with his partner in crime Janus Kasmir, but the Imperials are not letting him go that easily.  Once again the Force is at work with young Caleb.  His words seemed to have an effect on one of the clones, the appropriately named Commander Grey, caught between the light and the dark.  Grey kills himself and destroys the ship to atone for his actions during Order 66 and after.

Caleb sets the precedent that will guide him for the next decade of his life, don’t let anyone close, keep moving, don’t stay in one place for too long, and don’t let anyone close.  Taking a ship from his former partner, he heads out into the galaxy alone.  The padawan turned fugitive Caleb Dume has died, now there is only Kanan Jarrus.

This issue closes out the first story arc, and it may have originally only been meant to be 5 issues.  But the story is now ongoing and I’m excited to see what direction the creators will take it in.  The wait between seasons of Rebels has been long, but the wait between issues of Kanan has felt almost longer.  This issue maintains the same level of quality we have seen in the first 4 issues.  The creative team continues to deliver an incredible Star Wars story on nearly every level.

4.5/5 Kath Hounds

4.5/5 Kath Hounds

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.